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Church sees future with 20/20 vision
A whole world in our hands
Griswold gladdened by Convention’s prayer, ‘mission energy’
How are you implementing the 20/20 vision for the church’s future?
Deputies concur: Same-sex rites in use, but common liturgies must wait
Budget decisions favor youth, cultural services
Committee elected to nominate candidates for next Presiding Bishop
For the living of these days
For the facing of this hour
Wrap-up of legislation
Media and mission
U.N.’s Jeffrey Sachs calls Church to moral challenge of reconciliation
World Mission statement calls for new focus on evangelism, service
Anglican Observer takes Convention as opportunity to connect with U.S. Episcopalians
Well, yes, we made it after all!
Churchwide action on same-gender blessings must wait, bishops say
Three cheers for volunteers
Consent decision sparks widespread reaction
In unity, diversity, ecumenical visitors share insights
What are you and your congregation doing to improve the environment?
Earth to Convention…protect our food
Those who opposed Robinson’s consent determined to go forward
Saints of God photo
Deputies elect Anderson VP; Werner re-elected president
Venezuela joins ECUSA
Venezuela nueva diócesis de ECUSA
Robinson ratified; Bishops vote 62-43
Interfaith voices strong in support, but church members fear divisions
Native American singers and drummers photo
Title III debate moves forward, sans dramatic changes
What can individuals do to further world peace?
Transfiguration: bomb tests spark lessons in peace
Nazi treatment of gays recalled
Signs and Wonders
Committee expedites 97 late-breaking resolutions
Accusations put Robinson consent on hold
Hiroshima and Healing
Bishop recalls Hiroshima blast: ‘I felt like the room…was dyed purple’
Unawareness is root of all racism, PB tells forum
Youth, young adults lead budget priorities
How should the church invest in youth?
Young adult voices replace rhetoric, command respect
Title III revision favors standing committees’ referral of candidates
Cultural competence essential for seminarians, advocates say
Culturally diverse rites vital to 20/20, bishops affirm
Saints come marching in
Gold: the color of our church
Deputies OK Robinson election
I will raise them up!
'One people reconciled'
Why must the church continue to confront racism?
Once deacons themselves?
Puerto Rico diocese joins ECUSA
Puerto Rico miembro pleno de ECUSA
Francis and Solheim honored
Bishops reject direct ordination to priesthood
Bishops to mull local option for same-sex rites
What is your opinion of capital punishment?
Robinson hearing sets stage for Deputies
Gap widens to chasm says Cape Town archbishop
Sunday Eucharist set for 10 a.m.; Nigerian Archbishop to preach
Witnesses debate blessings’ potential for mission
Ryan reiterates why he could not throw the switch
To the Pointillism
My Lord! What a morning of prayer
Miscellaneous Photo
Chapel's stations update Way of Cross
Art is muse for meditation
What is your prayer for Convention?
For all the saints: Bishops recommend names to calendar
20/20 energy surges through Convention
We're one big, happy Abrahamic family
Christian hope grew in Ground Zero's grief
Being a peace church in the world of war
Church's mission starts with inclusion
No more conversation on women’s ordination, committee decides
Briefly Noted…
Shop now in marketplace of faith
Miscellaneous Photos
Ethnic communities launch new caucus
Sexuality issues spark ‘teachable moments’across Convention
Dioceses encouraged to take up mission of reconciliation
This Family Robinson: New granddaughter delights bishop-elect
How does reconciliation occur in your diocese?
‘We need the gift of one another…,’ PB tells Convention
Nightly ‘General Convention News’ broadcast makes debut
Church’s youngest members find Convention home
Baptismal covenant forms foundation for Title III revisions
Comunidades étnicas se organizan para la Convención General
Catch cues from Cape Town
Middle East, 9/11, Bridging Cultures, 20/20... Can We Talk?
How is the General Convention reflecting the diversity of the Church?
Consent votes for bishops-elect
Visitors, guests emphasize our global connections
Experienced news teams working this convention
Enjoy Minneapolis – but not too much!
Young people add their voices to mix at convention
Budget seeks to reconcile abundance of faith in time of scarcity
Worship to embrace diversity of languages, cultures, music
Morning aims to help participants ground decisions in prayer
Peace group to mark Hiroshima anniversary, host workshops
The Witness magazine to honor peace and justice advocates
American Anglican Council offers ‘Place to Stand’ for traditional views
Collaborative of ministry groups share in ‘Claiming the Blessing’
Video showcases women’s ministries
Be sure to find “The Great Minnesota Welcome”
Committee members ponder issues of faith and genetics, food safety

‹‹ Return
Catch cues from Cape Town
PB taps truths on reconciliation for Thursday forum




Ask a South African Anglican how to reconcile and restore, or receive and repent, and the answers are likely to flow from the depths of experience in dismantling apartheid.

Skilled in bridging not only chasms between Christians but gaps in global awareness, the Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane, primate of the Anglican Province of Southern Africa, is among church leaders who will join Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold Thursday evening in presenting a Convention-wide forum calling the church to strengthen its role as a reconciler of global and local tensions.

All are invited to the forum, titled "Engage God's Mission," from 7 until 9 p.m. at St. Mark's Cathedral. Speakers will underscore basic injustices in the world that some suffer while others are comfortable; that some have much while others have little and ask that church members work toward justice and equality, or global reconciliation.

Planners say the forum will be a time to confront not only socioeconomic but spiritual forms of separation between people, gulfs that are apartheid-like in their sting and systematization.

"Our prayer book tells us that the mission of the church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ," Griswold noted in recent comments on the forum. "I think the mission of the Church is to participate in God's work, in God's mission."

A goal of the forum, planners say, is to broaden the participants' perspectives and make them witnesses to the suffering and unrest in the world. It will reinforce the church's responsibility to alleviate pain and injustice felt outside of the United States as well as within.

Griswold will open the program and briefly discuss the mission of global reconciliation. Ndungane will speak about the problems he has encountered in his province, which include the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS, crippling poverty and violence

In a recent statement carried by the Anglican Communion News Service, Ndungane spoke about the injustice he has witnessed in South Africa. Ndungane said the Anglican Communion "must focus on mission."

"We are faced with matters of life and death," he said. "Seventy-five percent of the world's people who are living with HIV or AIDS are in sub-Saharan Africa. People are constantly dying and being infected and there are severe cases of poverty, many people go hungry every day and there are instances of children taking turns to have breakfast."

Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University professor and economic advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, will speak about the hopeful future of the troubled world. Sachs will discuss the possibilities that lie before Episcopalians and other members of the world community to ease the suffering of others.

Testimonials from three young adults, all of whom work for the cause of global reconciliation, will round out the evening. Youth has not been a barrier to these influential Episcopalians, whose credentials already include work with the United Nations, the World Bank, and Episcopal Relief and Development.

The young adult presenters are: Abigail Nelson, the director of Latin American Programs for Episcopal Relief and Development; Ranjit Mathews, an intern at the Office of the Anglican Observer at the UN; and the Rev. Dr. Sabina Alkire, who works with the UN Human Security Program and the World Bank.

"I think [the forum] is going to be a lot of ideas not just a lot of information," said Nicole Seiferth, communications aide to the presiding bishop. "I imagine the audience will come away inspired by what they will see."

The forum's venue holds special significance for Episcopalians. Just as Minneapolis will always be remembered as the place where women were made priests in 1976 it was also Griswold's first convention as a deputy St. Mark's has been known for almost 50 years for its relationship to the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The cathedral was the site of the first World Anglican Congress in 1954, which drew delegates to Minneapolis to talk about the church's world mission. A Compass Rose now the internationally-recognized symbol of the worldwide Anglican Communion was designed in St. Mark's at the congress. The Compass Rose is still in St. Mark's today, a testament to the Anglican Communion's sense of global responsibility.

In 2001, Griswold and the House of Bishops met and dedicated the Episcopal Church to working toward global reconciliation. After the tragedy of Sept. 11, the case for global reconciliation became even more urgent.

This is the first General Convention since America lost thousands of its citizens in the terrorist attacks. It is also the first convention since global reconciliation became an important mission of the Episcopal Church. At Thursday's forum, participants will have a chance to look beyond the joys and tribulations of the United States, and learn how they can better serve the Anglican Communion and the world.

"Reconciliation is God's work in us," Griswold wrote in a recent column in Episcopal Life. "It is our way of participating in the ongoing work of Christ, which is the drawing of all people and all things to himself."




Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

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